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Caesars Windsor celebrates 20 Years in the Community with $130K donation to 5 hyper-local non-profit organizations

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–Today, Caesars Windsor proudly celebrated its 20th Anniversary in the community with a generous donation to five hyper-local non-profit organizations of more than $130,000 in total to: Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation, The Glengarry-Marentette Renewal Initiative, Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market and Pathway to Potential.

Kevin Laforet, President and CEO, addressed guests, local politicians and employees, at a one-day anniversary celebration that included the donation announcement, live music and Caesars and Cleopatra impersonators.

Laforet, a day-one Executive from 1994, said, “While Caesars Windsor has made a positive impact on business, tourism and employment in the Windsor-Essex region over the last two decades, we are equally as proud of the partnerships we have fostered and grown with incredible charities and non-profit organizations. We are happy to support their tireless efforts, allowing us to play a role in creating a healthier, culturally vibrant community. We look forward to continuing our relationships with these and other longstanding community groups in Windsor.”

Since opening in 1994, Caesars Windsor’s Corporate Giving program has donated more than $13 million to local and regional non-profit organizations focusing on health and wellness, environment sustainability and conservation, community enrichment and seniors. Organizations have included Hospice of Windsor, Transition to Betterness, ERCA, Windsor Public Library, Windsor Symphony Orchestra and hundreds more.

Today’s donation announcement benefits five hyper-local programs:

Art Gallery of Windsor’s 2014 Triennial – This event continues the AGW’s long-standing commitment to a regularized group-artist survey exhibition, showcasing contemporary art in our region. The theme focuses on the realities of a quickly changing city core with numerous urban renewal projects, and the industrial landscape in which we live. Caesars Windsor has been a long-standing supporter of the AGW, for several years, recently sponsoring the Free Admissions program.

Catharine Mastin, PhD, AGW Director, said, “The Art Gallery of Windsor is pleased to have the support of Caesars Windsor in showcasing contemporary art of our region and we look forward to our continuing work with them.”

Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market - Caesars Windsor is proud to support the 2014 season of the DWFM at Charles Clark Square opening May 31. The market brings fresh local produce from the County, baked goods, handmade crafts and more to the downtown core every Saturday with a traditional, lively, open air concept.

Glengarry-Marentette Renewal Initiative – Funded by the United Way-Centraide Windsor Essex County in April 2013, the initiative looks to the strengths and potential of the neighbourhood to build a thriving, beautiful place to live and work. Today’s funds will go towards a lighting project to improve safety in the neighbourhood.

Patrick Firth, MA, MSW and RSW, Project Coordinator, said, “Caesars Windsor has made a significant financial contribution to this vision by providing a ‘little’ more light and beauty to its surrounding neighbourhood. We look forward to this partnership, as we are all neighbours in Glengarry-Marentette.”

Pathway to Potential’s (P2P) Market Dollar program – Pathway to Potential is an advocacy group that works to educate members of the Windsor-Essex community about the social and economic costs of poverty and the return on investment associated with preventing and reducing poverty. P2P’s Market Dollar program provides low-income residents within walking distance to a participating market ‘dollars’ to spend at the farmer’s market, giving them access to fresh produce, baked goods and more.

Adam Vasey, Director of P2P, said, “Food security is a real issue for Windsor-Essex and the Market Dollar program provides an opportunity for those in need to access food while engaging in a healthy community life. Caesars Windsor recognizes the importance of promoting social inclusion by helping those in need access healthy food, while also supporting local food producers. We are thrilled they have decided to partner with us and support this program and the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market."

Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation – Today’s funding supports the purchase of three pieces of vital capital equipment, bringing comprehensive first class men’s health services to our region. Earlier this year, Caesars Windsor also donated over $50,000 to the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation’s “It’s In Your Jeans” campaign which raised over $5 million towards the Dr. Richard Boyd Regional Comprehensive Men’s Health Program and the purchase of a da Vinci surgical robot.

Norma Brockenshire, President of the Cancer Centre Foundation, said, “Caesars' Corporate Giving Program has become a critical pillar of the community, a beacon of hope for those in peril and in need, and a powerful engine of progress and transformation of community services, in our case, local cancer services.”